During my social media sabbatical, a conversation with my dear friend, Maria, illuminated the “next right step” in continuing to inspire a more compassionate world. It’s a holy call – delivered with a clear message, “Lisa, this is who you are. Now grow. Bloom. Shine. Courageously and boldly. Some people won’t like it. Some will be challenged by it. But it’s time to let the Beloved Within You to speak boldly to heal this world.”
That “next right step”? It’s time for me to preach and share these homilies on a platform that people can listen to from anywhere in the world.
Frequently Asked Questions about Linger Here Homilies:
Women have been left out of positions of leadership in many religious traditions, especially the Catholic church. I’m reclaiming the word “homilies” as a way of reclaiming our right to be preaching and in the priesthood.
What’s the spirituality that will be promoted/shared/expressed in these homilies?
I will be sharing stories, poetry, and sacred texts from many spiritual and religious traditions, recognizing that no ONE religion or faith has the monopoly on truth. I am coming from a spirituality of non-dualism, inclusion, and body-centered that brings forth the sacred masculine and feminine within us and our world. I honor the Divine expression in various wisdom figures including the mystics and sages throughout the centuries.
What’s your spirituality, Lisa?
I grew up Catholic – immersed in social justice and liberation theology. In college, I left the Catholic church, frustrated with the fact that women were left out of the priesthood (among other things). I studied Buddhist, Yoga, and Sufism. I studied energy work. I received a master’s in theology, studying various spiritual traditions and the spirituality of the body. I aligned myself with the mystics from various spiritual traditions. I have returned to the Catholic church to raise our children in the home I knew — but with my other expressions of spirituality weaved within me and willing to call out church for its injustices. I am done with the boxes we put the Divine in and the dogmas that divide us. I’m about reclaiming a spirituality that honors the feminine ways of embodying our spirituality in everyday life that brings about a sense of inclusion and balance of divine masculine and feminine within us and our world. I see the sacred and holy not as something “out there” but right here – within our own hearts, through our embodied experiences, and in our relationship to one another. I use all different kinds of pronouns and words for the Divine including: Great Mother, God, Divine, Beloved, Universe….
This Sunday on Mother’s Day, I will debut my podcast, Linger Here Homilies: How to be present in your life and courageous in your love. It is called Mary and Martha: Ending the Battle, Remembering Our Belonging
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In light of it being Mother’s Day, I’ll be reflecting on the story of Mary and Martha.
Why Mary and Martha?
How this passage has often been interpreted exemplifies how women have been pitted against each other for centuries. And when women are focused on fighting among ourselves, none of us — men and women — join forces to collectively look in the direction at and name the ROOT cause of our distress. It keeps us from rising and keeps us isolated. It keeps us blaming each other, rather than doing what we inherently do best: sister one another.
Accompanying one another.
Being alongside each other.
Inviting everyone to the table.
Seeing the light and encouraging it to shine in one another.
Being alongside each other in the shame, grief, and joy.
Building one another up so the bullshit doesn’t tear us down.
Our world today could use this message of interdependence, mutuality, and inclusion. In our world today, we need less polarization and more coming together – between political parties, religions, genders, and nations.
This is haaard work! I know – I see this challenge played out on the micro level with people who come to me in counseling and coaching. In teaching about conflict styles this past semester at Georgetown University, we talked a lot about the harder road to take – collaboration. But how can we arrive at a “win, win”?
We must figuratively and literally sit on the SAME side of the table, stop seeing the OTHER as the problem or the obstacle in our way of getting what we want, and look TOGETHER at the issue in front of us. This is is the harder path. It calls for having hard conversations – about our shame, hurt, and hopes. And it must be guided by love and practiced with regard.
There is an opportunity rising. I do not believe in putting men down. I do believe in encouraging the balance of divine (healthy) masculine and feminine to rise within us individually AND collectively in our homes, schools, communities, institutions, politics, and world – no matter our gender.
When women “sister” one another, we are restoring one another to our full humanity and including one another at the table – whether the patriarchal constructs and institutions “allow” it or not. Ironically, too, we are restoring men to their full humanity and showing them — mentoring them, leading them in the fact that INCLUSION and ACCOMPANYING one another is what will save us and evolve us.
A grand vision, I know. A grand undertaking, yes. I know there will be those who disagree with me or will be challenged by what I share, while others will say, “Heck yes! It’s TIME!” I take comfort in how Jesus did not take the easier path. He challenged the status quo and spoke up for the marginalized. He promoted equality, accompaniment, and love. I hope to humbly follow in his footsteps. Please pray for me as I pray for each of you.Blessings,